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else to go. And the climate change wreaking havoc across America is doing the same everywhere else. Remember the Calgary flood and Fort McMurray firestorm? Remember the stories of drought, floods, wildfires, massive tropical storms blasting and blighting Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, Australia? It’s time to rally around truth, time for us all to reject the surreal realm of whacko internet and National Enquirer. And to reject the world that Trump and a manic out-of-control right-wing American polity would impose upon us. It’s past time to listen up to scientists, social scientists, economists, historians, teachers, honest journalists, informed experts everywhere who are truthfully striving to tell everybody what we need to know. For our collective survival, it’s just that simple. Back in 1915, in the state of Utah, the labour activist, poet and song-writer Joe Hill was sentenced to death for a murder that most informed observers felt he did not commit. Days before he faced his firing squad, he sent

this message to a colleague, Bill Haywood of the International Workers of the World. “Bill,” he wrote: “don’t mourn! Organize!” So if you’ve read this far in this piece, go one step farther. Go to Youtube, select “music,” search “song joe hill” and listen: listen to Paul Robeson, or Pete Seeger, or Joan Baez, or Bruce Springsteen sing that imperishable hymn to resistence against brain-dead power. Then reflect upon how you might go out and organize, how you might somehow place yourself – yes, you, out there – in the presently unfolding and fearful fight for truth in the Trump era. See you at the Union hall. Wilfred Cude, BA (RMC), MA (Dalhousie) WEBSITE: www.wilfredcude.com ♣

* It was the EEC, European Economic Community, that Britain joined on January 1, 1973. The Maastricht Treaty established the European Union in 1993 and introduced European citizenship. The latest major amendment to the constitutional basis of the EU, the Treaty of Lisbon, came into force in 2009. (Wikipedia) ♣

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From S. McDowall, Nanaimo BC

Fidel Castro defies US Imperialism even in death By Finian Cunningham, Dandelion Salad, crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Nov 27, 2016

At age 90, Fidel Castro passed away after decades of heroic struggle for social justice, not just for his native Cuba but for all people around the world. Even in his final decade of illness, the iconic revolutionary was still actively fighting; writing articles on international politics and upholding the cause for socialism. One measure of his historical significance is expressed in the fact that he outlasted 10 US presidents by the time of his official retirement from politics in 2008 due to declining health. Counting incumbent Barack Obama, Fidel’s political life spanned 11 US presidencies. All of them oversaw a barbarous policy to economically strangle Cuba with a trade blockade on the tiny Caribbean island nation. Several of these US leaders sanctioned criminal plots to assassinate Fidel and incite regime change. They all failed. Castro beat them all and died peacefully in his bed having lived his life to the full. As news of his death reverberated around the world, even Western countries which had conspired to varying degrees to thwart the Cuban revolution were compelled to acknowledge Fidel’s towering legacy. www.dialogue.ca

News channels were interrupted with “breaking news” of his death. America’s CNN and Britain’s BBC immediately ran biographical portraits of the man and his revolutionary past. Among the predictable slights referring to an “authoritarian figure”, even the Western propagandists had to admit that Fidel liberated his people from squalor and poverty, bequeathing Cuba with immense social development, and, probably more importantly, giving the world’s people monumental inspiration to continually strive in order to make this world a place of justice for everyone. To the end, he championed socialism, while denouncing capitalist exploitation, destruction and its imperialist warmongering. […] LINK: http://tinyurl.com/ds-241128 ♣

Trump Won Because Democratic Party Failed Working People, says Sanders 11 Nov 2016: Former Democratic candidate (Bernie Sanders) said he will not rule out another presidential bid in 2020. Adding his voice to the chorus of condemnation heaped on the Democratic Party in the wake of Donald Trump's election victory, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday attributed the Republican win to the failure of the liberal elite to represent working people. […] Continue reading at CommonDreams.org: LINK : http://tinyurl.com/cd-dem-failed ♣ STEPHANIE’S LINKS CONTINUE …/ VOL. 30, NO. 2, WINTER 2016-17

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Dialogue v 30 n 2 winter2016 17  

Canada's unique volunteer-produced magazine for ideas, insights, critical thinking & radical imagination - shared in letters, essays, storie...

Dialogue v 30 n 2 winter2016 17  

Canada's unique volunteer-produced magazine for ideas, insights, critical thinking & radical imagination - shared in letters, essays, storie...